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(Some Guy)   Visualized: All the Silver ever mined in the history of the world (surprisingly little)   (demonocracy.info) divider line 45
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2013-02-28 06:56:05 AM
No idea how they made that determination.. but yeah, rare metals can indeed be rare.
 
2013-02-28 07:02:54 AM
Still a way to fall from that sofa.  Also, how did they get all that silver in one place? Especially the 'lost silver' Perhaps check down the back of that sofa. Ha, weird how things go in circles
 
2013-02-28 07:16:30 AM
How does silver get "lost"? Isn't it still on the planet somewhere?
 
2013-02-28 08:27:23 AM

kimwim: How does silver get "lost"? Isn't it still on the planet somewhere?


I'm not saying it was aliens, but it was aliens.
 
2013-02-28 08:42:33 AM
So i clicked the link about gold visualized and found this.

This is how much Gold the average man could haul in his truck without braking the suspension.

I know this makes me a grammar nazi but I honestly am now having issues trusting any of their data if they can't get this right.
 
2013-02-28 09:46:11 AM
They need to compare it to all the Adamantium mined.
 
2013-02-28 09:56:35 AM
Because the first thing I think of when I visualize silver -is how much would it take for a giant cubic pedestal.
 
2013-02-28 10:10:13 AM
Still way more than the total amount of gold mined.
 
2013-02-28 10:10:44 AM

kimwim: How does silver get "lost"? Isn't it still on the planet somewhere?


Sunk in the seas and oceans?
 
2013-02-28 10:11:43 AM
Many years ago I read that all the gold mined would equal a cube a mile per side.

This guy says it's less that that.

Who's correct?
 
2013-02-28 10:15:36 AM

douchebag/hater: Many years ago I read that all the gold mined would equal a cube a mile per side.

This guy says it's less that that.

Who's correct?


I read that all the gold mined would make up a brick about the size of a tennis court, with the ends of it at the service lines being square. I believe this is closer to the correct amount.
 
2013-02-28 10:18:14 AM
Well, let me Wikipedia that for us:
A total of 171,300 of gold have been mined in human history, according to as of 2011. This is roughly equivalent to 5.5 billion or, in terms of volume, about 8876 m3, or a 20.7 m on a side. The world consumption of new gold produced is about 50% in jewelry, 40% in investments, and 10% in industry.
 
2013-02-28 10:22:35 AM
Well, according to the Discovery channel, those gold "miners" in the Yukon found the "motherload" [sic] after pulling out a whopping 800+ ounces of gold in 7 months of raping the land. Of course they probably also lost another 400+ ounces due to their gross incompetence and mis-management of the "mine". So the gold cube should be bigger by at least another micon or two...
 
2013-02-28 10:23:21 AM
*micron
 
2013-02-28 10:23:46 AM

kimwim: How does silver get "lost"? Isn't it still on the planet somewhere?


Spanish shipwrecks?
 
2013-02-28 10:26:54 AM
Useless without Rhode Island comparison.
 
2013-02-28 10:43:36 AM
That's more than gold -- it is estimated that there is only about 33 cubic metres worth of gold on the planet, and about 25 cubic metres of gold has already been discovered and scooped out of the ground (most of it within the last two centuries). There's hardly any gold left that we either don't know about or is inaccessible (stuck in the mantle, bottom of the ocean, volcanoes, etc.).

Silver did one thing really important: It harkened the age of modern economics as a science.

Economics was simply not really studied as an serious discipline and most ancient economies were completely blind and usually random clusterfarks where no one was really sure how and why things worked nor did they have any means of tracking how and why things worked (although the Romans made great efforts to control coinage and monetary policy with varying results).

It was the Spanish who did it. They carted so much silver back to Spain from the New World that they were spinning it into yarn. This devalued the mineral and crashed the European economy and silver would not become a viable commodity for generations.

From this, keen observers remarked: "Ah, so THAT'S how economics works: It's about abundance and scarcity within the application of human wants and needs" and then they went forth proposing theories on how to manipulate economics to make good things happen... again, with varying results.
 
2013-02-28 10:52:28 AM

douchebag/hater: Many years ago I read that all the gold mined would equal a cube a mile per side.

This guy says it's less that that.

Who's correct?



Define the degree of purity--14K versus 24K.
 
2013-02-28 11:00:00 AM
So did they hit 600 mining skill or not?
 
2013-02-28 11:14:11 AM
Once say a "Modern Marvels" episode that dealt with lead mining.  Turns out silver is a significant (and profitable) byproduct.
 
2013-02-28 11:34:29 AM

Ishkur: Economics was simply not really studied as an serious discipline


That is because it isn't.
 
2013-02-28 11:42:11 AM
Parentheses at the end of a headline are a bad idea now.  At first glance I saw them, assumed they contained the phrase (Featured Partner), and then immediately skipped over it.
 
2013-02-28 11:43:47 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-28 12:09:38 PM
Talk to the ancient and antique silver coin dealers about "disappearing silver".  The old coins wore down quickly in use, and that silver would not be able to be retrieved.  Silver coins were THE global currency for over 2,000 years.

Also over the past century, photography used silver nitrate in the image development process, and many a ton of elemental silver has been washed down the darkroom drain.
 
2013-02-28 12:12:25 PM

show me: Well, let me Wikipedia that for us:
A total of 171,300 of gold have been mined in human history, according to as of 2011. This is roughly equivalent to 5.5 billion or, in terms of volume, about 8876 m3, or a 20.7 m on a side. The world consumption of new gold produced is about 50% in jewelry, 40% in investments, and 10% in industry.


I like those units. "171,300 of gold"
 
2013-02-28 12:25:39 PM

bemused outsider: Talk to the ancient and antique silver coin dealers about "disappearing silver".  The old coins wore down quickly in use, and that silver would not be able to be retrieved.  Silver coins were THE global currency for over 2,000 years.

Also over the past century, photography used silver nitrate in the image development process, and many a ton of elemental silver has been washed down the darkroom drain.


Silver is used in electronics, so when you throw out an old cell phone, there's a tiny bit of silver in the components that get thrown away with it. The amount is so small that recovery cost would be more greater than the contained value. This contributes to the 'lost' silver.

Add up all the handhelds, mirrors, TVs, etc that get tossed... the 'lost' silver amount grows and grows.
 
2013-02-28 12:37:00 PM

tjfly: bemused outsider: Talk to the ancient and antique silver coin dealers about "disappearing silver".  The old coins wore down quickly in use, and that silver would not be able to be retrieved.  Silver coins were THE global currency for over 2,000 years.

Also over the past century, photography used silver nitrate in the image development process, and many a ton of elemental silver has been washed down the darkroom drain.

Silver is used in electronics, so when you throw out an old cell phone, there's a tiny bit of silver in the components that get thrown away with it. The amount is so small that recovery cost would be more greater than the contained value. This contributes to the 'lost' silver.

Add up all the handhelds, mirrors, TVs, etc that get tossed... the 'lost' silver amount grows and grows.


Cell phones can be recycled.  See: Cell Phones for Soldiers, for instance.
 
2013-02-28 12:51:17 PM

Egoy3k: So i clicked the link about gold visualized and found this.

This is how much Gold the average man could haul in his truck without braking the suspension.

I know this makes me a grammar nazi but I honestly am now having issues trusting any of their data if they can't get this right.


I had the same feeling when I saw that the silver illustration used "KG" for kilograms.
 
2013-02-28 12:58:29 PM

Donnchadha: show me: Well, let me Wikipedia that for us:
A total of 171,300 of gold have been mined in human history, according to as of 2011. This is roughly equivalent to 5.5 billion or, in terms of volume, about 8876 m3, or a 20.7 m on a side. The world consumption of new gold produced is about 50% in jewelry, 40% in investments, and 10% in industry.

I like those units. "171,300 of gold"


That's my fault for not properly pasting the link. I'll try again:

A total of 171,300 tonnes of gold have been mined in human history, according to GFMS as of 2011.[2] This is roughly equivalent to 5.5 billion troy ounces or, in terms of volume, about 8876 m3, or a cube 20.7 m on a side. The world consumption of new gold produced is about 50% in jewelry, 40% in investments, and 10% in industry.[3]
 
2013-02-28 01:18:01 PM
This chick sitting in the money chair is pretty hot.

Am I the only one who rubbed on out?

demonocracy.info
 
2013-02-28 01:52:11 PM

Ishkur: That's more than gold -- it is estimated that there is only about 33 cubic metres worth of gold on the planet, and about 25 cubic metres of gold has already been discovered and scooped out of the ground (most of it within the last two centuries). There's hardly any gold left that we either don't know about or is inaccessible (stuck in the mantle, bottom of the ocean, volcanoes, etc.).


Gold replenishes itself just like oil. God wants us to live well.


You farking liberals.
 
2013-02-28 02:05:52 PM
Possible ways to "lose" silver:

disposal of small quantities in electronics

sunk to the bottom of the sea

surface wear of a silver object

Shoot it out into space as part of space craft

bury it and forget where

have your baggage train inundated while crossing a tidal fen (King John)

lose an earring

fire hot enough to evaporate it

create alloys with it
 
2013-02-28 02:08:34 PM
Now do tulips!
 
2013-02-28 02:38:25 PM
You're telling me Scrooge McDuck's Money Bin was a lie?!
 
2013-02-28 03:21:14 PM
If I remember what I read from John McPhee, It's been about a hundred years since the last new silver vien was discovered, because by it's nature, the vien begins on ground, basically in plain sight.
 
2013-02-28 03:24:45 PM

Dick Gozinya: Well, according to the Discovery channel, those gold "miners" in the Yukon found the "motherload" [sic] after pulling out a whopping 800+ ounces of gold in 7 months of raping the land. Of course they probably also lost another 400+ ounces due to their gross incompetence and mis-management of the "mine". So the gold cube should be bigger by at least another micon or two...


I would like to be defensive, but considering how in the first season it was obvious that they had done no reasearch on how to mine. and in the last episode I saw they had an accident where some gold was "lost forever" by being washed out of the wash plant even though the water follows a path out of the plant it would have to be in, and it would probably settel pretty quickly... Ya, they are making mistakes. Then there is the question of how many regulations they broke, and how maning in a country that they are not citizens of works for things like taxes...
 
2013-02-28 03:40:59 PM
A lot of silver goes into the front contacts on silicon solar cells.
 
2013-02-28 05:16:08 PM
Silver ions are used in some cleaning supplies as it is an extremely effective anti-bacterial and anti-microbial.  They are also used in clothing and some other stuff. It is not recoverable when used this way.
 
2013-02-28 06:37:54 PM

sjmcc13: Dick Gozinya: Well, according to the Discovery channel, those gold "miners" in the Yukon found the "motherload" [sic] after pulling out a whopping 800+ ounces of gold in 7 months of raping the land. Of course they probably also lost another 400+ ounces due to their gross incompetence and mis-management of the "mine". So the gold cube should be bigger by at least another micon or two...

I would like to be defensive, but considering how in the first season it was obvious that they had done no reasearch on how to mine. and in the last episode I saw they had an accident where some gold was "lost forever" by being washed out of the wash plant even though the water follows a path out of the plant it would have to be in, and it would probably settel pretty quickly... Ya, they are making mistakes. Then there is the question of how many regulations they broke, and how maning in a country that they are not citizens of works for things like taxes...


They are making so much from making the TV show that the gold mining might as well just be for fun.
 
2013-02-28 08:32:34 PM
isn't there a tiny amount of gold and of silver suspended in sea water?

cobalt, too, if memory serves.
 
2013-02-28 09:54:16 PM

show me: douchebag/hater: Many years ago I read that all the gold mined would equal a cube a mile per side.

This guy says it's less that that.

Who's correct?

I read that all the gold mined would make up a brick about the size of a tennis court, with the ends of it at the service lines being square. I believe this is closer to the correct amount.


I heard it all ends up in a bank in the middle of Beverly Hills, in somebody else's name.
 
2013-02-28 10:31:47 PM

jayhawk88: show me: douchebag/hater: Many years ago I read that all the gold mined would equal a cube a mile per side.

This guy says it's less that that.

Who's correct?

I read that all the gold mined would make up a brick about the size of a tennis court, with the ends of it at the service lines being square. I believe this is closer to the correct amount.

I heard it all ends up in a bank in the middle of Beverly Hills, in somebody else's name.


Well, duh, there's no disputing that.
 
2013-02-28 10:39:30 PM

piccolo: isn't there a tiny amount of gold and of silver suspended in sea water?

cobalt, too, if memory serves.


Everything is in seawater, yup.

Costs a fortune to extract though.
 
2013-02-28 10:41:13 PM

JohnAnnArbor: Once say a "Modern Marvels" episode that dealt with lead mining.  Turns out silver is a significant (and profitable) byproduct.


Used to be silver was no more than a byproduct of lead and zinc mines.

Today it's usually the zinc and lead that are treated as byproducts of silver mining.
 
2013-03-02 12:54:24 AM

Muta: This chick sitting in the money chair is pretty hot.

Am I the only one who rubbed on out?

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To a CGI chick? Have at it, dude.
 
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